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Feb 17, 2013 7:30am PST
pipe beams absorb the energy of a quake. they might get damaged but the adjoining bridge segments should survive. >> that's the first time anybody has used this in the world, anywhere. >> reporter: the piers, the bumpers, the beams won't eliminate quake damage but the new bridge should still be usable after a big one. >> if you're in junior high and you get beat up and sef -- in seventh grade, you can still go to school the next day. you might have a black eye but you can go to school. you may not be going 70 miles an hour talking on your cell phone but people will be able to drive across it. that's the goal. >> it comes at an astronomical price. the entire damage by the earth quake in 1989 down from santa cruz all the way north to santa rosa, the damage in the marine ya, the collapse of the embarcadaro freeway, all of that damage totaled $6 billion from that one event and the price of the new bay bridge? $6 billion. which to me is amazing. >> we're also talking about the price of a lot of lives that can be saved by the new design. >> and we're also talking about the time to do it
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